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October 31, 2008 | BILL PLASCHKE
For his 21st birthday, at a party held at a local booze joint prior to his 21st birthday, Andrew Bynum took the stage and made it rain. For the culturally challenged, that means he threw money at people. A few days later, the Lakers have thrown it back, showering him with hard cash in a move that seems only slightly smarter than pelting strangers with dollar bills. They just gave Bynum a four-year deal worth $57.4 million although, let's face it, they hardly know him.
September 1, 2008 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
The weight room can be a confusing place for gym-goers. Often armed with too little information about how to properly handle weight and cable machines and free weights, they are ripe for making blunders -- and it can cost them, leading to major and minor injuries. We asked five Southern California trainers: What's the worst mistake you've seen people make in the weight room? -- Nina Moore, trainer, the Sports Club/LA: "Not doing a proper warm-up before training. You'll see someone come in at 6 a.m. and the heaviest thing they've picked up so far is their gym bag, and they go right into doing a bench press with 175 pounds without doing any warm-up at all. If you don't do a warm-up, that's when you increase your risk of injury [pulled and strained muscles and ligaments, and sore joints]
July 12, 2008
Brandon Jennings [July 10] is not a trend-setter, he ran out of options. To spin this as if he is helping mankind and pushing back at the NBA and the NCAA is almost laughable. He does not have a choice, because the choice he made was to work on his crossover while other kids did their homework. Jeff Wolf Encino
January 3, 2008
MOVING from Oscar to blockbuster isn't always the smoothest of transitions. Here's a look at how some celebrities have tried to cash out after picking up their statuettes -- often with mixed results. Helen Mirren Career trajectory: "The Queen" to "National Treasure: Book of Secrets." Did it work? Undetermined. Mirren has said on the record that she stepped into Jerry Bruckheimer's "National Treasure" sequel purely for monetary reasons.
December 8, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Karl Dorrell won't have the same opportunity another UCLA football coach had after being fired for not winning. When Bert LaBrucherie was fired by UCLA after the Bruins went 3-7 in 1948 (after going 20-9 his first three seasons), he was able to find another head coaching job without having to leave Southern California. LaBrucherie was hired by Caltech to coach football and track. But Caltech is not an option for Dorrell. The Pasadena school dropped football in 1993.
April 30, 2007 | Helene Elliott
Corey Perry isn't the swiftest of skaters. The 21-year-old winger carries about 200 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame, so he's not the brawniest guy who ever patrolled the right side in an NHL rink. What he has, in abundance, is skill. And that hard-to-define but unmistakable gift called hockey sense, which he displayed to its finest advantage on Sunday.
August 28, 2006 | SETH SUTEL, AP Business Writer
Dummies Man -- the spiky-haired character on the cover of the "For Dummies" how-to books -- is downright ubiquitous these days. There's Flower Bulbs for Dummies, Smart Booster Cables for Dummies, Refractor Telescope Kit for Dummies, Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack for Dummies and Complete Fuel System Cleaning for Dummies for your car. Next up: VOIP Phone Kit for Dummies. The kit, which will be made and sold by Coral Gables, Fla.
December 23, 2005
Re "Judge Says 'Intelligent Design' Is Not Science," Dec. 21 U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III correctly ruled that "intelligent design" is a theological argument, not science. In his ruling, he stated that the proponents of intelligent design falsely assume that evolutionary theory is antithetical to a belief in the existence of a supreme being and to religion in general. The judge wrote that the design arguments "may be true, a proposition on which this court takes no position" -- but they are "not science."
October 31, 2004 | From Associated Press
Are you one of the many renting a truck and moving to a new home? If so, it pays to know what things to stack, what goes in back and what to wrap in foam. To pack and load successfully for the open road, load the biggest, heaviest items first. Major appliances and large furniture go way in the back toward the middle, secured by straps and ropes so all doors and drawers stay closed. Use hand trucks with load-lock straps, get help for the heavy stuff and keep appliances up to prevent damage.
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